Operation Florian supporting national initiative to help Ukraine firefighters

The charity is proud to be supporting a national initiative to send vehicles and equipment donated by fire and rescue services in the UK to Ukraine where firefighters, emergency services and Ukrainian volunteers are dealing with the devastating effects of the invasion.

UK charity, FIRE AID and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) are coordinating the donations which will be sent in convoy to Ukraine .   The deployment of these donations is being supported by funding from the Home Office, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the FIA Foundation.

Eighteen fire engines, thermal imaging cameras for finding victims, generators, lighting, hoses, rescue equipment, and thousands of sets of PPE are among the items being donated. Every fire service across the UK has stepped in to support these efforts. 

As a founding member of Fire Aid. Operation Florian are supporting the Operation at every level and our years of experience in this type of work is being used to good effect. Our members are working at a strategic level and on the ground to gather equipment and drive the vehicles to the Ukraine border.

Operation Florian Chair Michael Doherty says “Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine and our long held relationship with Ukrainian firefighters comes to the fore once more. Having worked in Crimea in previous missions we know only too well of the  desperate needs of the communities at this historical point of time. I am proud of all our volunteers working under this UK multi agency umbrella of aid delivery, knowing full well that our members will deliver it to the point of need. God speed your journey to the people of the Ukraine.

Further information can be found on the Fire Aid website and the NFCC website

Working with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to donate equipment to the project
Members and Volunteers working with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service to prepare their donated vehicles
Hose testing and cleaning in Greater Manchester
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service collecting equipment from Operation Florian to add to their own donations